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UNC star Armando Bacot’s X-rays on ankle come back negative, no timeline for return

The Tar Heels star might still be sidelined for a few games.

Jumpman Classic: Michigan v North Carolina
Armando Bacot of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts during their game against the Michigan Wolverines at Spectrum Center on December 21, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Tar Heels won 80-76.
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North Carolina Tar Heels forward Armando Bacot left the court in Tuesday evening’s game against Virginia with a left ankle injury. The team’s leading scorer (17.6 points per game) and rebounder (10.6 per game) injured his ankle less than two minutes after the game tipped off and did not return to the court.

His X-rays came back negative for a fracture, but Bacot’s timeline for return is still unsure. The Tar Heels will need to wait for the pain and swelling to subside before putting him back on the court and risking further injury.

The Tar Heels lost the game against Virginia, 65-58, to mark the team’s third loss in the ACC. Bacot was an enormous factor in UNC’s championship run last season, when they made it to the championship game as an eight seed and fell to No. 3 Kansas. Bacot was the team’s top scorer in four of the five March Madness games, including the national championship.